Saatchi & Saatchi

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Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide CEO Kevin J. Roberts
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Pros
  • You will rarely stay past 6pm and for the most part, can maintain a nice work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Good place to learn, especially when you want to find out about the structures of an international company (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor upper management in corporate office in Midtown (in 9 reviews)

  • Pressure and long hours to work (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Doesn't hold up to it's reputation!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Saatchi — has a great name in the industry...

    Cons

    ...but the truth — it's old, outdated, and lacks employee culture of any kind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find upper management that actually wants to engage with their employees and create a sense of community. One good about this company (besides the name) — you get to go home early because no one cares about what you're doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Watch out for turnover in field office positions...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Nationally/globally recognized name in advertising
    - Prestigious account list
    - Access to all expected industry tools for research, media, etc.
    - Pay is fair/in line with what other agencies offer

    Cons

    - Turnover in field offices is high
    - Disconnect between offices (NY to LA to field)
    - In field offices, overwhelming fear of being terminated with no warning (this happened to myself and at least one other employee with no verbal or written warning concerning job performance)
    - Lack of concern for schedules/planning for people in lower ranks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    You're just a number.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work opportunities. Nice atmosphere.

    Cons

    No career development. Lack of upper management leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to those who make the work and less about those who get the money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Art Director

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked with very nice colleagues.

    Cons

    Boring work and too much of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your staff a raise!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poorly Run from the top in Midtown

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    Great, creative people and fun personalities.
    Loose work atmosphere.
    Casual Fridays.

    Cons

    Poor upper management in corporate office in Midtown.

    Very little new business and lots of money spent on trying to get it.

    Middle management has no say in anything and gets told what to do by corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to get everybody to like you and start managing like you should.

  7.  

    Toxic sweat shop with antiquated processess

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    I worked with some smartest coolest people in my career

    Cons

    Senior management, AS, Creative Project managment work in cylos with no support to the teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior managment needs to check the egos and support the teams that make the day to day happen. The current GM of Saatchi and Saatchi Wellness is a numbers guy who makes it clear as he walks the halls how expendable his people are. The current CCO lacks any kind of backbone to lead her people and they walk all over her

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good stepping stone, but don't stay there longer than 1.5-2 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    Laid back attitudes. A lot of allowance for personal life as long as you're not on deadline. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Very little accountability for work on all levels. Most people just avoid taking any responsibility for work, and management encourages it. People are just making it up as they go along and trying to shift work to someones else or another department. Take initiative at your own risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too many managers who have been there for 10+ years, are no longer contributing, and are holding the company back. Find out what people's skills are and allow them to move to other departments or pitch in beyond their department role. Restructure executive leadership and hold people accountable for their actions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Useless internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    Learned a few things about the business

    Cons

    Wish to be more involved in the creative work

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    it's a chew them up and spit them out kind of world where you work till you drop, then get kicked to the curb.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    it has an international reputation, great resources, enviable client list, and a revolving door of strong talent. the compensation is very good, but you can lose your soul in the process.

    Cons

    Upper management is only concerned about numbers, like most places, but it's a constant battle between creative and management. Egos are outsized and respect is hard to find.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Potentially good idea but bad execution.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Saatchi & Saatchi

    Pros

    You get to "save the planet" (if you buy into their theory). You also get to work with some passionate people who truly believe in what they're doing.

    Cons

    No one knows what they're doing. It's total confusion. They're basically making it up as they go along. If you bring up issues with the company, they don't want to hear about solutions - they just want to cover it up and tell you you're wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop berating employees. Take some management training. Hire more people with experience who actually know what they're doing.

    Doesn't Recommend

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